October 13 - Sea of Cortez
Jeff and Debbie Hartjoy of the Longbranch, Washington, based
Baba 40 'Sailors Run' are a unique sort of couple. When they
did the Ha-Ha last year, theirs was one of only two boats that
sailed the entire way, including the 240-mile second leg during
which there was very little wind. They demonstrated great teamwork
when the wind was up, too. Since Jeff was the more confident
driver in the heavy downwind stuff, and since he had to take
a pee really bad but didn't want to leave the wheel, Debbie did
what needed to be done. She unzipped his fly, took out his 'dispenser',
and 'relieved the watch', so to speak, into a plastic bottle.
He didn't broach and she didn't spill a drop. That's teamwork.
Photos Courtesy Jeff and Debbie Hartjoy
October 13 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
For the second day in a row, it's all quiet in both the Eastern Pacific/Mexican hurricane region and the Atlantic/Caribbean hurricane region.
To see what the winds are like on the Bay and just outside the Gate right now, check out http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/.
Looking for current as well as recent wind and sea readings from 17 buoys and stations between Pt. Arena and the Mexican border? Here's the place - which has further links to weather buoys and stations all over the U.S.: www.ndbc.noaa.gov/stuff/southwest/swstmap.shtml.
You can view the University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology satellite picture by clicking here.
Seas are normal in the Pacific, but you might check at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
October 13 - Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters
We'd like everyone in the Ha-Ha fleet to be aware of the generosity
of the folks at the San Diego Marlin Club, which is located at
Shelter Island not far from Pearson's Fuel Dock. Dick Thomas reported
that most of their boats will have already headed south, so there
will probably be a few open slips at their docks for Ha-Ha bound
boats. Slips in San Diego, as most people know, are in short supply.
According to the Marlin Club's arrangement with the city of San Diego, the club can't rent out slips, as they are for the use of their members. However, donations can be accepted. If anyone gets a berth, the proper thing would be to make a donation in the amount you would have had to pay for berthing elsewhere. In addition, the club would like a letter of appreciation, which helps them show the city that they're using their facilities to help as many mariners as possible.
The person to contact is Dave Verdugo at (619) 294-7485. It's his home, so call during normal hours and be polite. Only a few boats can be accommodated, so if Dave says they're full or you have to vacate on a certain date, don't hassle him and comply with all his requests.
The Grand Poobah of the Baja Ha-Ha salutes the San Diego Marlin Club for your spirit of the sea. We hope that some of our boats may be able to assist some of your members in the future. Thank you for your spirit of cooperation!
October 13 - The Pacific Ocean and Cyberspace
Who is out making passages in the Pacific and what kind of weather are they having? Check out YOTREPS - 'yacht reports' - at http://www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
October 13 - Les Sables d'Olonne, France
The next big international race is the fourth Vendée
Globe singlehanded race around the world that starts November
5 from Les Sables d'Olonne, France. Basically is only mark is
Antarctica, which the fleet must leave to starboard. Last time
their were 15 starters. Nine of them withdrew or were knocked
out by broken masts, lose keels and over flipping.
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